Great Writers of the 20th Century: Adam Thirlwell on Isaac Bashevis Singer
When Nobel Prize-winner Isaac Bashevis Singer died in 1991 aged 87, he was already a canonical American writer. Yet Singer never wrote in English, although he did edit his stories in their English translations. His fame is as a Yiddish writer who kept the language, and the lost world it sprang from, alive in the world of the imagination. For writer Adam Thirlwell, Singer's fascination is as a master storyteller with a strikingly modernist approach.
Extreme, ironic and unsentimental, with a keen awareness of the clash between tradition and modernity, Singer brought universal human conditions to life in a very contemporary manner.
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